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SUNDAY BRUNCH

Smart Aleck

June 28, 1998

The question June 14: Some members of Congress want to abolish the so-called marriage tax. What parts of the IRS code would you like to rewrite?

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All of it. You could lower the tax rates by taxing all income of each individual with no exemptions and no deductions.

John K. Beach

Glendale

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Since the IRS is kinder and gentler these days, they could rewrite the "pay this amount" part to say, "Have a good year."

Rose Kirkland

Los Angeles

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The Tax Simplification Constitutional Amendment: Each member of Congress shall compute his/her own federal tax liability without assistance. . . .

Earnest Bovine

Studio City

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Tax 10% to 20% of all income as taught to me in school in the late '30s.

Norman Berney

Van Nuys

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The IRS should trust workers to send in what they deem legitimate. "Thou shalt not steal" works both ways.

Brian Simler

Bakersfield

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Please do away with having to report interest as minuscule as $10.

Want to bet they won't? What has the little guy ever done for the politicians? That's their attitude.

Lauri Estock

Burbank

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(1) Eliminate the mortgage interest deduction for second homes. (2) Allow the first $500 in savings interest to be tax-free.

Zoltan Puskas

Santa Barbara

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